Regular maintenance can help your bike have a long life. Also, a bicycle in perfect condition will give you greater safety when using it. Pay attention to the small details, such as the way you store your bike, to further prolong its life.
Storing your bike in
Storing your bike indoors is a simple way to keep it running and looking like new. If left outdoors, elements such as rain, snow and wind can damage it. Additionally, the sun can fade the paint or dry the brakes, tires and seat of the bicycle, forcing you to spend extra money to maintain and repair it.
The best way to store a bicycle indoors is to use a bicycle hook. This will not only prolong the life of the vehicle, it will also allow you to take advantage of the space more efficiently. A bicycle hook has an "S" shape and is covered with vinyl, so it will not scratch the rim when the bike is hung. Install the hook on a wall, beam or at any point where the bicycle can hang vertically. You can even store it under a ladder, if there is enough space.
Hang a bicycle by its wheel
Many experts consider it safe to hang a bicycle by its wheel. Others claim that doing this can put too much pressure on the rim, generating risks of potential damage. According to Jim Langley, author of "Your Home Bicycle Workshop," it is better to hang a bicycle from two points of contact in the frame, and definitely not by the tires.
It is very important to inspect your bicycle regularly. Check the tires to make sure they are properly aligned with the frame, and check that they are properly inflated. Periodically lubricate the moving parts of your bicycle. Clean the bike after each use to remove dirt and dust that can cause corrosion on its surface.